Bachelor On Campus

East Asian Languages and Literatures

Smith College

48 months
55830 USD/year
55830 USD/year
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The East Asian Languages and Literatures program at the Smith College emphasizes the fact that China, Japan and Korea have vast histories spanning thousands of years. In the 21st century these countries have emerged as major players in our global economy. 


Students in the East Asian Languages and Literatures at the Smith College will:

  • Explore and analyze texts, arguments and social phenomena relating to East Asia.
  • Integrate general and specialized knowledge with appropriate disciplinary frameworks to ask productive questions and solve problems in their study of China, Japan or Korea.
  • Design and carry out an independent, thesis-driven research project (the seminar).
  • Develop an understanding of East Asian language, literature and culture—modern and premodern—that will give them historical and comparative perspectives on the world that go beyond simple East-West binaries.
  • Engage with the international community at Smith and abroad, learning to communicate respect and understanding across cultures, preparing for—and beginning—lives of ongoing influence in today’s global world.
  • Majors and minors in the Chinese, Japanese and Korean tracks will learn to use Chinese, Japanese or Korean to navigate a variety of social and professional situations appropriately and confidently, and to have nuanced discussions about social and cultural issues, as well as professional and academic topics that are of interest to them. They will gain a deep understanding of and fluency in one language and culture.
  • Majors and minors in the East Asian studies track will achieve at least intermediate proficiency in Chinese, Japanese or Korean, including listening, speaking, reading and writing. They will develop a multidimensional, interdisciplinary understanding of the arts, beliefs, societies and traditions of either one East Asian country or of a specific theme across East Asia as a region.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Chinese Travel Writing 
  • Class, Gender and Material Culture in Late Imperial China 
  • Modern Japanese Literature 
  • Korean Cinema: Cinema and the Masses
  • Food for Thought: Chinese Language, Culture, Environment and Health
  • Writing and Power in China
  • Modern Korean Literature in Translation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


Partially taught in English, Partially taught in Chinese (Mandarin), Partially taught in Japanese, Partially taught in Korean


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Smith Writing Supplement
  • Secondary School Report, including official high school transcript
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Evaluation Forms
  • Official SAT I, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or the Duolingo English Test/*DET*
  • Early Decision Agreement (if applicable)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    55830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 55830 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    55830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 55830 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Northampton

1156 - 2393 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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